2 Replies Latest reply: Jul 11, 2013 7:08 PM by Geoffrey Luck
Geoffrey Luck Level 2 Level 2 (365 points)

Apologies for a left-field problem but I cannot think of anywhere better to ask.

I have a number of CDs with important data recorded 30 years ago on a PC with Windows 98, and need to recover the information. I have an old Dell laptop still operational that can spin the CDs. Is there a way of converting/conmnecting the output to my iMac to recover, reformat and re-record?

Thanks for any suggestions

iMac 27" i7; Powermac G4 Quicksilver; iBook G3, Mac OS X (10.6.5), LaCie, WD & Maxtor backup/Coolscan IV ED Microtek scan
  • 1. Re: Recovering old data
    laundry bleach Level 5 Level 5 (6,880 points)

    What OS is the Dell laptop running? If it is able to see and copy the files on the CDs to its hard drive, you can use any number of ways of getting the info to your iMac - see this Apple article for methods.


    If the PC cannot read the CDs (I presume you have already tried to read them in your iMac, is that right?) you may need to use a data recovery service such as DriveSavers. They do great work and have been known to recover data off of even badly damaged media, but they are not cheap.


    Best of luck.

  • 2. Re: Recovering old data
    Geoffrey Luck Level 2 Level 2 (365 points)

    Thanks for your suggestions. The Dell is running W98 as its OS. It's an Inspiron 3500 laptop with an internal CD drive (interchangeable with a 3.5" floppy drive). The Dell is reading the disks perfectly well, but these are commercially-produced disks of Italian literature with indexing and search facilities, so they have complicated files. Of the Apple suggestions, the best seems the Apple translation service, but that is available only in the U.S. Of the others, I can't see how to connect the two computers, and even if I could, whether the data and the file formats could be translated into OSX. Is this a dead end?